Faculty Colloquium: Rouslin

Daniel Rouslin, Professor of Music, will be the third presenter in this year’s Faculty Colloquium Series. Rouslin will present on, “Omitting the Basics: The risks of failing to teach music comprehensively”, Friday, Dec. 2nd at 3 p.m. in the Hatfield Room at the Library.

Applied teaching of music in America tends to focus on helping students learn to play or sing, but sorely neglects the language of music itself. As a result, too many students learn to manipulate their instruments in such a way as to produce a series of notes, rather than music. Recently strained budgets have led to the elimination of general music classes in many parts of the United States. As a result, many students embark on instrumental study without having acquired most of the basics of music that used to be covered in the early grades. Therefore it is incumbent upon applied teachers to make sure that their students become literate in the language of music; that they know, for example, that a phrase and its cadence are like a sentence and its ending punctuation, albeit in a uniquely musical way.

This talk suggests ways to address the following: dynamics and tone color, both explicit and implied by the writing; harmony and how it affects phrasing; form and its dramatic implications; the composer and his or her inspiration in writing the music at hand; music history: how performance style changed over the centuries, and how this affects the music at hand; counterpoint: balancing the voices; becoming a team player in any ensemble, no matter how small; and improvisation and its importance. While it might seem daunting to an instructor to implement all of the above, this needn’t be done all at once. Still, as suggested by this talk, the teacher needs to develop a strategy for implementing each of these aspects of music making when appropriate to the literature being undertaken.


Thanksgiving Weekend Hours

The Hatfield Library will close at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23, and then reopen at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27. It will be open until 2 a.m. for those catching up on their homework. Normal hours resume on Monday, Nov. 28.


Noru Ka Soru Ka

Please join us next Friday, November 18th at 3 p.m. in the Ford Theater for the second Friday Faculty Colloquium. Music professor Mike Nord will present, “Noru Ka Soru Ka: Collective Free Improvisation with Music and Dance”.

Noru Ka Soru Ka is a collaboration between dancers Makoto Matsushima and Mao Arata from Tokyo, Japan and musicians Georg Hofmann from Zurich, Switzerland and Professor Mike Nord. Sharing a passion for collective improvisation, Noru Ka Soru Ka has developed a unique artistic language embracing the musical, dance, and theater traditions of Japan and the west. Their evocative work is a bridge between two cultures, recognizable to both while being exclusively neither. Nord’s faculty colloquium presentation will focus on work from the group’s newly released DVD recording and the artistic approach that underlies it.


How to Become a Successful Comic Book Artist

Join us on Monday, November 14th at 4:10 p.m. in the Roger Hull Lecture Room, Hallie Ford Museum of Art.  Artist Patric Reynolds will discuss the evolution of his work in relation to the comic-book publishing industry and his experiences illustrating for Dark Horse Comics), the third-largest comics publisher in the U.S.  

Reynolds attended the Savannah College of Art & Design and has contributed to Dark Horse Comics series titles such as Serenity, Hellboy, The Thing, Let Me In, and Abe Sapien. His most recent project is “Thing: The Northman Nightmare,” written by Steve Niles (30 Days of Night; Batman: Gotham County Line) and released digitally; “Thing” is available for free download (with registration) at https://digital.darkhorse.com/profile/1399.the-thing-full-book/.

Lecture with Q&A to follow as time permits. This event is being held in conjunction with Prof. Mike Chasar’s College Colloquium class “The Graphic Novel” and is made possible by College Colloquium funding.